I just got the Pioneer DVR-109 (BK) drive, and installed it on the second IDE as master drive. Booted up the system and no problems, drive was found and everything was working (didn't test the drive) but I found out it had the 1.17 firmware in it.
I then checked for firmware update (btw the drive said "made in feb 2005") and found that 1.40 would fix a lot of problems and I did the firmware update. I checked so that I got the 109 firmware and not for the A09 (XL) and so on.
Everything here worked just like it said in the firmware update guide. Shut down the computer and then started it up, still no problems, but now to the (fuckup). I just took a empty dvd-r (verbatim 8x media) and poped in the drive, it made some strange sounds, but I though well it's going to find the empty media soon.
Left the computer and came back 4 min later, wtf it was still looking for the media, this is strange. Tried to remove it and after a while I got it out. Hmm this is strange. I tried a music cd, computer cd (from a magazine), cd-r cd's. The works, NOTHING worked.
The unit sounds like when you take a super scratched and bad cd, and try to read it, the drive keeps on trying and trying but to no luck, with some cd's it does spin up, but only partly to spin down and try again.
I don't know if the drive was working from the start with the 1.17 firmware but flashing a drive shouldn't make it this bad or ? I could try to fix it but when I followed all the instuctions, made sure about a lot of things so I didn't do a bad flash, and still this problem.
I'm going to return the drive and get a another one, in hopes that this unit dont have the hadrware problems the other unit must have. On another computer I have the Pioneer dvr-106, have updated that more than once with firmware, it has worked like a dream, no costers ever and burned over 500 dvd-rs on that, I did read however that this unit was verry good.
The problem now is that it's old and only a 4x drive that means problems with media and other things.
I must say, this DVR-109 is by far the worst product ever from pioneer. I can't understand they released this crap. The 108 was better what I can tell.
Don't the stupid industry get it, I want quality and good burns, speed is a distant second but now that media are going to be 8x or 16x I need a new drive.
Anyone else know about this kind of problem. Been flashing devices since way back in the 486 computers, so I think know how to do this and how it should work sigh.
Here are the other problems that looks a bit like mine.
I'm still going to return the drive but anyone know what went wrong ?
P.S. I was going to buy a Plextor burner but I checked the forum, they seem just as bad (or it's like a lottery if you get a good burner or not) and this seems to apply to all dvd burners.